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Mason City Historic Preservation Commission receiving $12,000 for 2022 Iowa summit

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Mason City made the list.

When the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced this week that it was awarding a total of $108,000 to historic preservation groups across the state, the Mason City Historic Preservation Commission found itself as one of nine recipients of the funding. 

According the news release, the Commission is receiving $12,000 to "host the 2022 Preserve Iowa Summit to showcase the city’s history, as well as its many examples of Prairie School architecture and preservation accomplishments."


The Stockman House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first design in Mason City prior to his being commissioned for the Park Inn project. 

Per the release, the grants come from the state's "Certified Local Government program," which works toward building relationships between governmental groups and historic societies.

"The preservation and reuse of our state’s historic assets help Iowans create an authentic sense of place, which energizes communities, stimulates economic growth and boosts quality of life," Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said in the release.

Elsewhere in the north central Iowa area, the Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission received $12,084 to put toward a rehabilitation plan for the 127-year-old Coppin Chapel which began as a Norwegian Lutheran Church and eventually became an African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Jared McNett covers local government for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at or by phone at 641-421-0527. Follow Jared on Twitter at @TwoHeadedBoy98.


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